On Monday, we all agreed we were pretty exhausted. After all the travel to and from airports, plus all the walking in Korea and in Tokyo, I couldn’t envision another day of walking. I estimate we must have walked at least ten miles total, maybe more, so far. So we decided to spend a pleasant day just hanging locally in Christopher’s area. As I mentioned, I loved Hitotsubashi-Gakugen, the little residential village by Christopher’s dorm complex. There are some stores, noodle and ramen shops, antique shops and lots of quaint ambiance. I’m kind of surprised how far away the dorms are from the schools. These dorms serve a number of universities, all quite far. You need a bike unless you want to be walking three miles round trip every day with a backpack of books. Christopher says the Japanese have mastered the art of riding a bike with an umbrella in one hand but brave as he is, he won’t try that
Everyone has a bike here. Chris’s is the black one. Chris’s is so cool I wish he could bring it home! This is such a safe area, you can leave a bike unlocked and no one would dream of stealing it.
Here’s Christopher on the top floor of his dorm.
This is Chris waiting to get his hair cut at his local hairdresser called sunrise. It’s very fancy what they do, including giving you a little neck massage and lather up the sides to be shaved with an old fashioned razor.
Here are some shots of the village about a 7-minute walk from the dorm, called Hitotsubashi-Gakugen. It’s one stop off the Kokobunji line, which means he has to transfer for one stop.
Yes, I would agree… time to duck in to the odon noodle shop. You can also choose soba noodles. Delish!
After lunch it’s one stop over to Kokobunji. Christopher explained it is sort of a nightlife district. The places cater to big groups, seating is Japanese style. They also might have karaoke in another room of the same joint. We wanted to find a place to eat but EVERYTHING in Kokobunji was closed!
Christopher perusing the Kokobunji places. He says the town comes alive at night. Below is a shot of a spot where Chris and his friends have gone for parties.
We were bummed stuff was closed because we were sooooo hungry!
. We went back to Hitotsubashi…. spotting this preschool bus! Come on, that’s cuter than heck!
This is a little convenience store (seen in back of the bus in blue) where Christopher gets convenience store sushi AND cheap coffee latte!
I thought everything in Japan was cheap except for the trains! Also we had a favorable exchange rate. A large cafe latte, made perfectly, was only 180 yen.
Chris wouldn’t DREAM of ordering in English although I discovered the clerk did speak English.
Afterwards, we came back to his room and hung out, listening for the chimes at 4:30. I took a movie of it and then forgot to turn my recorder off and the camera recorded for 25 minutes, OMG. And making a 3GB file. Waiting for Christopher to edit it for me and then I will post it somewhere.